Essential and Fragrance Oil Blend of Lime, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemongrass & White Thyme.
9-bar mold: 46.2 oz + 5.8 oz 9 Easter Island Heads adds = 52 oz
Pour off 10 oz for heart tube embeds.
In The Pot swirl with embeds on top.
Master batch Oils #21: 38 oz Oils + 2 oz Avocado Butter 40 total (Makes 56 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
Avocado Butter: 2 oz/ 57 grams
NaOH/Lye 8% SF: 5.44 oz/ 154 grams
Distilled Water: (2.04 oz disc/ 15.6%): 11 oz / 312 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (2%): 22 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Essential Oil Blend – 2 oz/ 58 grams:
29% 17 grams Lime FO
25% 14 grams Pink Grapefruit FO
25% 14 grams Lavender EO
17% 10 grams Lemongrass EO
9% 5 grams White Thyme EO
NOTE: White Thyme: CP: (Ricing & Extreme Acceleration – use in small amounts.)
This worked perfectly – very slow acceleration.
46 oz Batter/Colors/EO Blend 2 oz
36 oz Activated Charcoal Black
10 oz TD white
ITP swirl with white.
EI Head embeds on top (5.8 oz)
I soaped my lye and oils at very cool temperatures of 83F & 89F, stick blending just until emulsified (using an immersion blender). I split up the batter and added the activated charcoal black and titanium dioxide white. Then I carefully stirred in the fragrance oil blend, expecting at any moment that it would accelerate to the extreme.
I was very pleasantly surprised that using half of the White Thyme essential oil made such a difference. The batter thickened up at a very slow pace to a perfect thickness for me to add the white into the black in a an In The Pot swirl, mixed with a spatula 3-4 times, then poured into the mold. I used a toothpick to swirl some of the white on top.
The soap set up nicely, so I was able to add the Easter Island head embeds immediately, spritz the top with Isopropyl Alcohol, cover, and put in a room with towels on top to gel for 2 days. I took it out of the mold a couple days later (with the extra super fat, the corners were still soft) so I waited almost a week before remove the dividers.
I knew that using White Thyme in this fragrance blend would be taking a huge risk (possibly turning the batter to a brick too quickly to pour into a mold), so I switch the essential oil used with the amount of Lemongrass (originally Thyme was 10 grams and Lemongrass was 5 grams). But my gamble paid off. I can still smell the very strong White Thyme and I did not get much acceleration.
The black and white contrast looks beautiful and smells lovely.